Kakadu Bar and Barbarina Cabaret

Kakadu Bar & Barbarina-Cabaret 1920-1936

On completion in the late 1800s, the area around Joachimstaler Platz on the corner of the Ku’damm resembled an open-air arena with tiered bleacher-style seating for 10,000 spectators. In July 1890 it played host to Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, featuring 200 cowboys, indians and horses.

The Kakadu opened at the corner of Joachimstaler Straße and the Ku’damm in 1920 and consisted of a bar, a vegetarian restaurant – unique for the time-  a dance floor and the Barbarina Cabaret. It was taken over by well-known cabaret entrepreneur Georg Tichauer in 1923 and became a huge success. It was open until 3am, did not charge admission and after a 1928 refurbishment boasted the world’s longest bar.

One of the more colourful stories about the venue is that above each table in the restaurant sat a cockatoo in a cage – the Kakadu of the name. When diners were ready to leave they would tap a glass on the table, which signalled the trained birds to call for the bill.

The Barbarina-Cabaret presented a five-act programme every night, with a jazz band accompanying the dancing before and after the show. One of the highlights of the repertoire during the early 1930s was the mirror-dancing duo of Eva von Sacher-Masoch and Hede Merman. Their provocative performances played with ideas about gender and sexuality and, in response to current events, had become increasingly political. Forced to flee Berlin for Austria in 1934, Eva von Sacher-Masoch eventually married a British army officer Major Robert Glynn Faithfull and settled in the UK. They had one daughter, the 1960s pop icon Marianne Faithfull.

The Kakadu survived the early years of the National Socialist government and was a big hit during the Olympic Games in the Summer of 1936 but, like so many other establishments, was forced to close soon after.

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Briefs – Excentric Body-Circus at The Tipi


If Chancellor Merkel was working late in her office on Thursday night, then she may have wondered about the noise coming from the Tipi am Kanzleramt, but a packed house had just seen a spectacular show from Australian burlesque troupe, Briefs, and wanted them to know it!

It’s almost impossible to describe this full-throttle show without spoilers, but expect very high-heels, very fit bodies, very ‘Aussie’ humour and breathtaking circus spectacle. It’s definitely not suitable for children, but all the better for that.

Hailing from Brisbane, this immensely talented all-male septet have only been together for six years but compliment each other perfectly in both their solo acts and well-drilled group routines.

Having first seen this show a year ago, it has grown and matured into something very special and thoroughly deserves this five-week run at The Tipi.

And one tip: if you are sitting near the front and are offered a waterproof cape – take it, you’ll need it!


Louis Biggs

Evil Hate Monkey

Thomas Worrell

Fez Faanana

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Briefs Excentric Body-Circus

May 7th to June 10th

Tuesday to Saturday at 20:00 (entry from 18:30)

Sunday at 19:00 (entry from 17:30)

Tickets 030 390 665 50 or




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Early-Bird discount for Cabaret, 2015 season


(photo – Jan Wirdeier)

This spectacular production of Cabaret returns to the Tipi am Kanzleramt this summer and you can get 25% off tickets prices if you book by June 1st.

Based on the novel Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood and the stage adaptation I am a Camera by John van Druten, Cabaret takes you directly to the last years of the Weimar Republic and the rise of the fascism that ended the ‘golden twenties’.

“The year 1929 is drawing to a close as the young American writer Clifford Bradshaw arrives in Berlin, in search of material for his new novel. He rents a cheap room in Fräulein Schneider’s guesthouse. He spends his first evening in one of the many temples to pleasure that Berlin had to offer in the 1920s – The Kit Kat Klub, where he meets Fräulein Sally Bowles…… “ 

(photo – Jan Wirdeier)

Cabaret – Das Musical

June 20th to September 20th 2015

Tuesday to Saturday at 8pm (20:00), Sundays at 7pm (19:00)

Tipi am Kanzleramt

Große Querallee, 10557, Berlin-Tiergarten


030 39 06 65 50


For discount, book tickets under the keyword “Early-Bird”

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Jeanne Mammen


(pic: db-artmag.com)

Artist and Illustrator Jeanne Mammen lived and worked on the fourth floor of the rear building at Ku’damm 29 for over 50 years. Berlin born, she studied art in Paris, Brussels and Rome before returning home to work as an Illustrator for fashion magazines and as a poster designer for film company Ufa.  Her first exhibition at the Galerie Gurlitt, in 1930, was universally acclaimed by Berlin art critics and took its inspiration from the streets, featuring depictions of strong, confident women and the burgeoning lesbian community of the late 1920s.


(pic: Jeanne-Mammen-Stiftung)

Her work was denounced by the Nazi regime and banned from publication, forcing her into poverty.  During the war she made a small income by selling second-hand books and journals from a handcart in the streets, and creating art from the rubble left by the bombing. After the war she joined the existentialist cabaret Die Badewanne (The Bathtub) creating scenery, backdrops and costumes, but lead a very reclusive life amid a very small circle of artistic friends.


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She continued to draw and paint right up to her death at the age of 86, and her work is now in the permanent collection of the Berlinische Galerie. It is possible to take a tour of her studio at Ku’damm 29 by contacting Jeanne-Mammen-Stiftung at www.jeanne-mammen.de


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A Walk Along The Ku’damm

I am thrilled to announce that my first book has just been published to Kindle and is now available to buy.

Below are all the links to various territories it is available in. Hopefully a print version will follow in the not too distant future

I hope you enjoy it and walk the walk!



For the US


For the UK


For Germany


For France


For Spain


For Italy


For The Netherlands


For Japan


For Brazil


For Canada


For Mexico


For Australia


For India



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